Pedrosa Leads Both German Sessions
SAXONY, Germany – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa led both practice sessions Friday for the MotoGP eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring.
Pedrosa’s time of 1.22:357 was just enough to oust teammate Casey Stoner after the Australian had been top of the timesheet for the majority of the first session. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was under three tenths off the top despite nursing a very sore right ankle.
A downpour moved over the track moments before the second practice was scheduled to begin. Riders spent most of the session working on their wet weather setup, but by the end of the session patches of dry pavement began to pop up around the track.
Ridders swapped the top spot on the board several times in the final moments of practice, but at the end of the session it was Pedrosa sitting on top of the board.
Pedrosa just narrowly denied LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl a top finish at his home round by a mere seven hundredths of a second. Lorenzo was third, and Pedrosa’s teammate Stoner was fourth.
Making full use of the wet conditions was Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who was just over three tenths off the top. He finished ahead of his teammate Nicky Hayden, who looked equally at ease on the soaking German track.
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